It was by all accounts a most successful 55th biennial convention last weekend of the College Republican National Committee. About 1,100 delegates listened to guests such as Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi and keynote speaker and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and ate a gala dinner afterward at which White House senior adviser Karl Rove received the Lee Atwater Leadership Award.
There was an after-dinner salute to the group’s outgoing chairman, Scott G. Stewart, and someone thought it would be fun to pass around a “College Republican Hymnal” of some of Stewart’s favorite decades-old songs that had been sung by the Party of the Right, a Yale group that’s part of the school’s debating society.
“I think they’re hilarious,” Stewart, now with the Leadership Institute, said yesterday, noting how dated and over-the-top they are.
So the delegates stood to sing the hoary favorite “Stomping Out the Reds,” which is sung to the tune of “Bringing in the Sheaves.”
The chorus goes: “Stomping out the Reds, stomping out the Reds/ We’ll advance rejoicing, stomping out the Reds!”
The first verse is: “Meet the Left in action, put them all in traction/ Get great satisfaction, bashing in their heads!”
The last verse begins: “Bayonets bright gleaming, panzers forward steaming . . . ”
Panzers? Nazi tanks?
Ah, those exuberant Yalies.